war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Army Reserve. Special Reservists.
6, Years Service.
No. 10043 – George Rigden - The Buffs.
George Rigden
Buckland, Dover.
Age 17 years - 3 months.
Occ. Casual Labourer.
Next of kin, mother, Mrs Rigden, 9, Chapel Hill, Buckland Dover.
Enlisted 25/7/1911 at Dover.
Religion Wesleyan.
Home 19/11/11 to 17/4/13.
An address of 22, Peter Street shows up as well.
Short Service.
No. 10001 – George Rigden. The Buffs.
George Rigden.
Buckland Dover, Kent.
Age 19 years – 7 months.
Occ.  Labourer.
Previously served in the 3rd Batt. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
Enlisted 18th April 1913 at Dover.
Next of kin, Mr E. Rigden, 28 Limekiln Street, Dover, father.
Joined at Dublin 24/4/13.
The Buffs 1st attested and posted Pte. 18/4/13.
1st in confinement awaiting trial
Pte. 6/4/14.Tried and convicted by D.C.M. 21/4/14. of “Conduct to the prejudice” and sentenced to undergo detention for 96 days, remitted by Confirming Authority to Detention Bk. Pte. 24/4/14.
(Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline).
1st To duty from detention Pte. 13/6/14
D. Posted Pte. 3/12/14.
3rd Posted Pte. 10/1/15.
2nd Appointed paid L/Cpl. 6/5/15.
D. Posted L/Cpl 10/7/15.
D. Died of wounds L/Cpl 2/12/15.
Home 18/4/13 to 6/9/14.
France 7/9/14 to 2/12/14.
Home 3/12/14 to 6/3/15.
BEF Force France, 6/3/15 to 10/7/15.
Home 11/7/15 to 2/12/15.
Wounded 21/11/14. G.S.W. shoulder.
G.S.W. left hip.
No. 18 Gen Hpl. Wounded in action GSW thigh. Transferred to England.
Father of soldier - dead
Mother, Margaret M. Rigden, 28, Limekiln Street, Dover.
Mrs Pearce.
Mrs Richardson.
Post Office Telegraphs.
Folkestone Re.
To O. C. Infantry Record Office Hounslow.
Request permission and assistance to visit my son G. Rigden No. 10001 East Kent wounded and dangerously ill 18 General Hospital Etaples.
Rigden 28 Limekiln Street, Dover.
(date indecipherable).
Post Office Telegraphs.
To Attest Hounslow.
Regret report death No. 10001 L/C/ G. Rigden East Kent at 12-40 p.m. today 2nd December wounds received in action.
The King George Hospital London.
Hospital King George 10/7/15.
Died 2/12/15.
Disease. Gun shot wound hip.
In hospital for 146 days.
Wounded 12th May 1915 by shrapnel in left thigh.
Had incontinence of urine and faeces. Legs gradually became contracted, and bedsores developed.
July 26. Legs brought down, nearly straightened under anaesthetic
August 16. Running a temperature. Looked as if abscess was ??
Sup spine.
October 20th. Abscess opened.
October 22. No drainage, wound thoroughly opened up.  
December 2nd. Patient died 12-30 from chronic suppuration and general exhaustion.

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